In case you missed the news today, as rumored previously, County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic has accepted the position of state director of the Wisconsin Working Families Party. The new party is affiliated with national Working Families Party and will support progressive candidates in non-partisan elections as well as progressive Democratic candidates.
In an interview with the Journal Sentinel, Dimitrijevic was enthusiastic about prospects for the organization, which is associated with the national Working Families Party that is now active in seven states and Washington, D.C. The party’s biggest success nationally was the role it played in the 2013 election of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“We’re basically trying to take our state back, starting at the local level,” Dimitrijevic said. “We’re going to begin recruiting, training and running candidates who are champions of working people in the city of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County.”
Eventually, the party plans to expand across the state, Dimitrijevic said.
The party won’t initially seek ballot status in Wisconsin. It aims to back slates of candidates in nonpartisan races as well as Democratic Party primaries. Nationally, the organization has backed causes such as increasing the minimum wage, boosting public services and providing more affordable housing.
In the spring election, the Working Families Party will recruit and train candidates in races for the Milwaukee County Board and Milwaukee Common Council. The group plans to participate in legislative primaries next August.
Supervisor Dimitrijevic has not decided on whether she will run for re-election to the county board in 2016.